Laura and Emma Trott set to return to Welwyn Garden City with cycling's Women's Tour
PUBLISHED: 10:28 03 March 2014 | UPDATED: 13:08 03 March 2014
Double Olympic cycling champion Laura Trott, a former Welwyn Wheeler, and her professional road cyclist sister Emma Trott look set for a return to racing action in Welwyn Garden City as part of the inaugural Women's Tour.
Emma of the Boels Dolmans team and Laura, who won omnium silver at the weekend and gold in the women’s team pursuit at the 2014 World Championships in Columbia, began their paths to sporting success at Wheelers’ Gosling Sports Park and will now return to Hertfordshire as part of the competition.
Eleven of the world’s top 14 professional women’s teams will race in Britain this May following the announcement of the field for the inaugural Women’s Tour.
A star studded field will assemble in Oundle for the opening stage of the first ever Women’s Tour on Wednesday, May 7, with stage four starting in Cheshunt and ending in WGC on May 10.
Joining the already confirmed Marianne Vos and her Rabo Liv team will be the likes of Orica – AIS, Emma Trott’s Boels Dolmans, Specialized Lululemon and the Wiggle Honda team of British Olympians Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell and Dani King.
Alongside them will be the national side of the world’s number one ranked nation, the Netherlands, plus a Great Britain national team led by Leicestershire’s Lucy Garner.
British domestic team Matrix Fitness – Vulpine also earn an invite for the first ever UCI level stage race for women to take place in the UK, organised by SweetSpot Group, while UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling’s participation will mean Hannah Barnes racing in her home county of Northamptonshire on the opening day of The Women’s Tour.
The Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies team will also travel from the USA to race in The Women’s Tour, with the final two teams for the 16-team, 96-rider field to be announced in due course.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring such a world-class field of teams to ride in the first ever Women’s Tour”, said Guy Elliott from organisers SweetSpot Group.
“The race has attracted a wonderful field of elite riders from all over the world, which will be one of the strongest fields ever assembled for an elite women’s international race, and a route which will feature some of the most beautiful roads, villages, towns and countryside in Great Britain.”
The current line-up includes teams from eight different nations with the race expected to draw a high quality field featuring the best riders from each of the named teams, with further rider announcements and the identities of the final two international teams to follow in due course, pending visa confirmations.
The Women’s Tour will take place over five stages between Wednesday, May 7 and Sunday, May 11 beginning in Northamptonshire with an opening stage from Oundle to Northampton.